Sunday, 20 March 2016

Welcome to the First full Day of Spring!

Last night at about 9:30 P.M.  Spring arrived on the West Coast, the earliest arrival in over 100 Years!
Today is the first full day of Spring and also the anniversary of my dad's birth.
I started stitching my next Buttermilk Basin Let It Snow block.  I changed out the female cardinal for a west coast female Blue Jay.  Here is the link for the free T or to purchase the first two letters. Each letter is available free for the month and then you have to purchase the block or kit.
On Friday I also cut out the next two free blocks from Dawn Heese Linen Closet Designs.
Here is the my interpretation of her second block ready for stitching.

Saturday morning my friend Rita and I went to the Creative Stitching show in Abbotsford and I got this lovely bright cotton from Quilter's Dream Fabrics; you can visit her on line store here. Here shop is in her home in Vancouver.
I got these lovely bright wools from Wool Penny Rugs, Uschi dyes some lovely bright colours.  Uschi lives up in Sechelt.
My wallet took at hit at The Steam Trunk. She is another local vendor who carries such things as Sari Ribbons.
Lots of tiny unique buttons.
Snowflake buttons I've been looking for to use on Let It Snow.
And the top bee and snowflake ribbons!  She is located in Tsawwassen where you can catch a ferry over to Vancouver Island.

I got the linen music, and polka dot ribbon from A Threaded Needle also in Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast.  She also carries some lovely Japanese fabrics and hardware for purses.
A new vendor to the show was Wonderfil Threads who make Sue Spargo's Eleganza threads. I decided to get this sampler of Easter Thread colours with the brown for a basket to hold them!
One last vendor that I love to visit is Carola's Quilt Shop also in Sechelt. I was able to get some individual spools of some of the variegated Sue Spargo threads.  She also has a full array of Aurifil and some lovely Batik fabrics.
Hope you enjoy your first full day of Spring.  I'm going to be stitching for part of it and then taking my mom for a drive to see the Quilt Display at the Van Dusen Gardens. Check out this on line post about the garden and a tease of the quilts on display.


paulette said...

WOW!! Loved your loot!! Especially the WOOL!! I hope this vendor comes to the Victoria and Nanaimo Quilt Shows! Your blocks are wonderful too!! Aren't they fun!

WoolenSails said...

Love how you did the bluejay, that looks beautiful on the piece and nice to break up the red.
Lots of great goodies, I do love those specialty buttons and fun to use on the winter pieces.


The little book of Nessie said...

You are going great guns with your projects. As you are enjoying the start of spring we in Australia are enjoying the start of Autumn. We have had two lovely sunny days after some good rainfall. Some nice eye candy I can see too. Regards, Nessie

Anna Bates said...

This post was heaven!! I must try and get some of the music ribbon!!!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Your little jay is so cute! Good scores on the shopping!